Borana Conservancy

LAIKIPIA, KENYA

Borana Conservancy is a game reserve, a working ranch and a non-profit conservation organisation dedicated to the sustainable conservation of critical habitat and wildlife. Located within the vast Ewaso ecosystem on the Laikipia Plateau, 17 miles north of the equator and 6,000 feet above sea level, Borana is situated in an area with the highest populations of endangered species in all of Kenya.

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Borana Conservancy’s mission is to provide a sustainable ecosystem, in partnership with their neighbours and community, for critically endangered species on the brink of extinction.  The holistic approach commits tourism, ranching and other enterprise to building local livelihoods and enhancing ecosystem integrity. The conservancy is home to a diversity of wildlife, 50 indigenous tree families, and over 300 species of bird life.

 

Borana Lodge is one of East Africa’s original fully hosted, family-owned eco-lodges, and the first in Laikipia, home to the pioneering Dyer family for three generations who settled at the beginning of the last century. Starting as a conventional farm and ranch; conserving land and wildlife became the heart and soul of Borana. Further diversifying its income from livestock and sheep originally to wildlife tourism in early 90s, Borana has now established a private conservation easement and financially sustainable model to secure Borana’s conservation mandate in perpetuity, committing the Dyer family to conservation land use.

 

Whether guests come to horse ride, walk, mountain bike, or go on game drives, Borana Conservancy will not disappoint. Borana hosts a diversity of wildlife including the big five, Grevy zebra, wild dogs and reticulated giraffes. It also recently opened its land to expand the critically endangered east African rhino habitat to 100,000 acres, with 90 black rhinos. 

 

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The 4Cs

Borana Conservancy joined The Long Run in 2015 and committed to a holistic balance of the 4Cs – Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce – as a means to contribute meaningfully to the biodiversity and the people of their local region.

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CONSERVATION

Laikipia, as part of the Ewaso ecosystem, is highly biodiverse and hosts significant populations of threatened and endangered species such as lions, Grevy zebra, wild dogs, elephants, reticulated giraffes and black rhinos. Borana is one Laikipia’s leading conservancies. Started as a traditional farm and ranch early last century, Borana was one of the first ranches to develop tourism and recognise wildlife as an asset. Since then, the ranch has continuously evolved, focused on practicing sustainable rangeland management to increase vegetation cover and on collaborating with its neighbours to increase wildlife habitat. Today it hosts 20 black rhinos.

COMMUNITY

Managing the interaction between humans and wildlife is one of the core objectives of the conservancy – a harmonious balance needs to be maintained. From its start, Borana invested in its neighbouring community to share the benefits of tourism and contribute to initiate a change in the perception of wildlife by increasing its potential value to communities. To do this Borana has supported the development of community tourism enterprises, as well as a number of health and education projects.

CULTURE

Borana is set in rich external and internal cultural contexts, surrounded as it is by flamboyant Maasai culture and built on a long history of land stewardship. Borana is also home to the pioneering Dyer family for three generations who settled on the land at the beginning of the last century.

COMMERCE

Borana’s model is unique: the shareholders of Borana set up the Conservancy to undertake all of the conservation and community programmes.  The shareholders underwrite the core conservation costs and agree that all profits must be reinvested in the conservancy, embedding Borana’s commercial entities to underwrite the costs of the other 3Cs in the business operations. Borana’s income is derived from diverse but complementary business entities including livestock, a lodge, riding safaris and the farm. By staying at Borana guests make a tangible contribution to Kenya’s largest and most exciting Rhino Sanctuaries.

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